SIMSBURY >> Seymour’s Megan Condo lost her dad, Mark, to a massive heart attack on June 22. Mark was an assistant coach for the Seymour Little League softball team last season. Each game when the national anthem plays, Megan, a center fielder, puts her hand over the heart-shaped patch on her jersey with her father’s initials and chats with her coach and father one more time.
“I say ‘I love you and help me through this game and every game,’” she said.
She’ll get to do it again while playing for a state championship.
Scoring outbursts in the first two innings and stellar pitching from Molly Adamo helped Seymour coast to the Section 1 Little League title with an 11-1 triumph in five innings at Memorial Park in Simsbury on Thursday.
Seymour advances to the best-of-three state championship series July 12-14 at the Stankye Field in Orange.
With all the players wearing the heart-shaped patches with the initials “MC” for Mark, Seymour’s journey to a state title continues.
Megan said her father, who was laid to rest in his Seymour jersey, would be proud.
“He would just be like, ‘I knew it,’” she said.
North Branford coach Peter Ramada said Seymour deserves all the credit.
“I hope they win the state championship,” he said. “They’re certainly good enough.”
Seymour jumped out on front thanks to an RBI triple from Sierra Cripps that scored Kolby Sirowich. Adamo drove in Cripps on a groundout. Earlier in the inning, Condo scored on a passed ball and Jill Andes scored on an error. When the dust cleared, Seymour led 4-0.
In the bottom of the second, Seymour kept it coming as Condo, Andes and Sirowich had back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles that scored Malyssa Kubik, Condo and Andes.
Seymour wrapped things up in the fifth when Alyssa Cosciello scored the game-clinching run from third with Izzy Calabro caught in a rundown between second and third.
“I was looking to score all the way,” she said. “I just wanted to win so bad.”
Seymour continues its softball dominance and Condo gets another shot to talk with her father and be with her teammates.
“Being with everybody gets my mind off things and helps me get through it,” she said.